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The Comic Strip Companion: the Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 - 1979
The Comic Strip Companion: the Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 - 1979
by Paul Scoones
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.46

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, a superb resource, 9 Jan 2013
Information about the Doctor Who strips published by TV Comic in the sixties and seventies is very difficult to come by. The strips have rarely been reprinted; Doctor Who Magazine has only published a handful of articles of the subject in the last thirty years; even the 'Doctor Who Classic Comics' magazine was limited to a handful of editorial pages. So a volume like this is a godsend to anyone interested in those stories.

Unlike books about the tv series, the volume has to present material about its subject matter without assuming that the reader has ever had sight of the strips. Fifteen years of Doctor Who strips, spanning 4 Doctors, are almost unobtainable without spending a fortune on eBay.

The author manages this presentation very well. However, as this is a Telos volume, and the author really knows his stuff, this is more than a collection of story summaries. Each story is analysed, where possible, original production paperwork is discussed, as is the context of each strip. In many ways, it helps to challenge the view that the TV Comic strips are a poor collection of stories that do not deserve a second airing.

This volume helps bring to life its subject matter. Now if only the current rights holder to the strips could be persuaded to begin a series of reprints...


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